As an FYI, I chickened out of having a septoplasty a year ago but am currently two weeks post op and did absolutely fantastic. The key for me was find a great surgeon who was also very kind and patient with my "million" questions. Also, because of extreme sensitivities to meds, he and the anesthesiologist were very careful about minimizing my medications which I feel greatly helped.
Obviously, if you are happy with your current situation, then of course, you don't need surgery. But if you feel having a septoplasty would improve things, don't let understandable fear get in the way.
Right now, I am still stuffy but I have definitely seen signs of improvement. I anticipate in about two more weeks that things will start to really get better as key restrictions are lifted.
Anyway, right now, I am allowed to use the elan cloth mask but the surgeon doesn't want me using nasal pillow masks until I see him at my next appointment in a few more weeks. Once he clears me, I am definitely going to give the P-10s another shot as when I tried them previously, I felt like I couldn't breath. Hopefully, the surgery will have made a difference as I loved the lightness of the mask.
(03-29-2015, 11:46 PM)snowdrop Wrote: I'll add my two cents...
I'm new to all of this, only having been on CPAP for a couple months. At my sleep study and appt with the RT, everyone pushed for me to try a nasal mask, and I did, but as I suspected it did not work for me at all.
I have a deviated septum, which basically limits my breathing to one nostril (and poor air flow at that). A few minutes of "breathing" with my mouth shut and I felt like I was slowly suffocating.
So, a full face mask is my only option, until I get brave and sign up for surgery.
I use the Simplus and love it. It is comfortable and I don't have to fiddle with it during the night - it stays put. I have sensitive skin but haven't had any trouble with it. I've managed to adjust the straps perfectly to prevent leaks and avoid any red marks on my face in the morning. A great mask and worth trying, in my opinion. It sounds to me like the one you've got isn't a good fit - rather than fight with it, maybe just something else.